Smart Recovery

Incorporated in 1992, Smart Recovery is a self-empowering support group for addiction recovery with multicultural and multi-lingual membership all over the globe. Supporting and helping various individuals and participants with drug abuse issues for many years, Smart Recovery offers the latest tool for addiction recovery based on latest scientific research and advanced development to help them overcome their problems and drug addiction issues. Participant and members in the worldwide community are welcome to join a free, self-empowering and science-based mutual help groups. It explicitly bases most of its recovery program on evidence-based addiction treatment which is applied on a support group setting.

Smart Recovery is generally based on scientific knowledge, wherein the program used the combination of the principle and techniques taken from CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), motivational interviewing found in MET (Motivational Enhancement Therapy), REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior), as well as other scientifically validated treatment and research. The organizations program mainly emphasizes in four areas referred to as 4-Point Program in the process recovery, which includes Building Motivation, Problem Solving, Coping with the Urges, and Lifestyle. The organization also offer an advanced tool known as Smart Toolbox which offers a collection of various REBT, CBT and MET methods that address these 4-Point Program. Under the 4 Program, there are ten recovery tools included in the Smart Toolbox, such as:

  • Stages of Change
  • Change Plan Worksheet
  • Benefit/Cost Analysis (or Decision Making Worksheet)
  • The ABCs of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) for Emotional Upsets
  • The ABCs of REBT for Urge Coping
  • Destructive Imagery, Self-talk Awareness and Refusal Method
  • Brainstorming
  • Role Playing and Rehearsing
  • Unconditional Self-Acceptance
  • Hierarchy of Values (HOV)

It can be used as a standalone recovery support program for those people seeking for help recovering from their drug addictions, but it doesnt insist on being inclusive. Furthermore, the program offered by Smart Recovery doesn’t use the 12 Step Principle which makes up the basis for different Anonymous self-help groups (such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous). But for those participant who used to attend 12-Step Program, Smart Recovery is highly suggested as a supplement or alternative for the programs offered by Anonymous groups. The meetings are free for those who are wishing to attend and lead their life to a drug-free life. More than 1,500 weekly group meetings are led by volunteer facilitators across the globe.

The organization mostly provides online support and resources not only for volunteers but also for those attending the group in one or more online meetings. Meetings are also held in various correctional facilities in different states including Florida, Arizona, California, Maryland, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey and Washington. The facilitators are non-professionals or usually in recovery themselves, however, some non-recovering people and professional facilitators also volunteer their time for the purpose of community service. The services and meetings provided by Smart Recovery are open to anyone for FREE, and donations are requested. Closed meeting is also rendered and reserved for those individuals in their recovery.